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2019 Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of The Week

Distance/Middle Distance
Field Events
April 29th

Abby McCarty, Kenyon
(Zionsville, IN/Zionsville)

Kenyon’s Abby McCarty finished among the top four in the 100-meter hurdles at Denison’s Big Red Invitational. The freshman’s time was 16.76 seconds, just off her season best of 16.41.

Carolyn Webster, Wooster
(Fredricktown, OH/Fredricktown)

Wooster’s Carolyn Webster claimed the 2019 NCAC heptathlon victory after earning three first-place finishes in the high jump (1.61m), long jump (5.25m) and javelin throw (31.01m). The senior placed second in both the 100 meter hurdles (16.23) and 800 meter run (2:39.56) while also finishing fourth in the shot put (9.47m) and 200 meter dash (27.97).

April 22nd

Anna Scott, Oberlin
(Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge)

Oberlin’s Anna Scott  had a strong day for the Yeowomen at the CWRU Invitational. The Washington native completed the 1500-meter run in 4:48.21, which is currently the second fastest time in the conference this outdoor season. Scott was also the second leg of 4x400-meter relay, which was the top finishing Division III team at the meet with a time of 4:20.55.

Ryelee Clary, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Ryelee Clary notched a trio of top-five finishes in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay at the “Coach Rob” Invitational. The sophomore’s time of 15.47 in the 100-meter hurdles is currently the second-best time posted by an NCAC student-athlete this season.

Naeisha McClain, Oberlin
(Columbus, GA/Brookstone)

Oberlin’s Naeisha McClain earned three top-10 finishes at the CWRU Invitational this past weekend. The junior won the shot put event with a heave of 12.72 meters to beat the 15-person field. She also finished seventh in the discus (33.81m) and ninth in the hammer throw (39.94m). In the shot McClain ranks 40th in the country and holds the top mark in the NCAC, while ranking inside the top-10 in the conference in both the discus and hammer.

April 15th

Emily Forner, Allegheny
(Beaver, PA/Beaver Area)

Running the 5,000-meters for the first time in the outdoor season at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Allegheny’s Emily Forner turned in a time of 16:33.01. It's the fastest time in Division III thus far this year and set a new school record by nine seconds. Along with being tops in the NCAC this year, it is a new PR by over 21 seconds and nearly 1:30 faster than her NCAC-winning time from 2018.

Marteana Newton, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Marteana Newton finished second among 16 runners in the women’s 400-meter dash (58.89) at the 2019 All-Ohio Championships. The time was the best among conference athletes so far this season


Akwia Tilton, Wooster
(Southfield, Mich./Roeper School) 

Wooster junior Akwia Tilton won the long jump at Saturday’s All-Ohio Championships. Tilton’s measurement of 5.33 meters (17’ 6”) is tops in the NCAC this spring.

April 8th

Sophy Cunningham, Oberlin
(Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer)

Oberlin’s Sophy Cunningham had a strong day for Oberlin at the Bob Kahn Invite Saturday. The first-year runner won the 800-meter event with a collegiate best time of 2:18.31, which is the fastest time by an NCAC athlete this outdoor season. Cunningham was also part of the 4x400-meter team that finished second with a finish of 4:06.91 in the team’s home meet.

Tori Valachovic, Allegheny
(McDonald, PA/South Fayette)

Allegheny’s Tori Valachovic had a strong day in the hurdles at Mount Union’s John Homon Open, claiming a pair of fifth place finishes. In the 16-runner field of the 100-meter hurdles, she ran an NCAC-leading time of 15.56 and then timed in at 1:06.50 in the 400-meter hurdles, which places her second in the league this season. The junior was also a part of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth in 4:14.36. 

Sarah Voit, Oberlin
(Cincinnati, OH/Mcauley)

Oberlin’s Sarah Voit broke the school record in the pole vault to highlight the Bob Kahn Invite for Oberlin on Saturday. The first-year vaulter cleared the bar at the 3.70-meter mark (12” 1.5’) to break Grace Finney’s career-best mark of 3.66 meters. Voit’s vault is the 10th best in the country and tops the NCAC outdoor performance list.

April 1st

Molly Smith, Denison
(Columbus, OH/Grandview Heights)

Denison’s Molly Smith finished first in the 800-meter run (2:24.59) at the Hilltop Classic. Her time was third-best among conference athletes this season. She also helped the 4x400 relay take third with a time of 4:31.04.

Imani Cook-Gist, Oberlin
(Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake)

Oberlin’s Imani Cook-Gist got off to a good start to her senior outdoor season at Division I Wofford College Saturday. The Santa Monica, California, native was the third leg in the 4x100-meter relay team that finished 12th with a time of 50.12. Cook-Gist also placed 20th in the 100-meter dash (12.73) and took 26th in the 200 (26.64). She now owns the second best time in the conference in the 100, and she ranks fourth in the league in the 200.

Marija Pavlick, Denison
(Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon)

The Big Red received a headline performance from freshman Marija Pavlick in the javelin event where she set a new school record and placed first overall on a final distance of 38.49 meters. Pavlick’s new program best finished nearly two feet better than the previous school record set by Denison’s former All-American Aedin Brennan on May 5, 2016 (37.97 meters).

March 25th

Emily Forner, Allegheny
(Beaver, PA/Beaver Area)

Allegheny senior Emily Forner kicked off the 2019 outdoor season by winning the 1500-meter run and placing fifth in the 800-meter run at the VCU Ram Invite. In the 29-runner, largely Division I, field of the 1500, Forner ran to a time of 4:38.82, the fourth fastest time in Division III and tops in the NCAC this season. Her 800-meter time of 2:19.83 was the 20th fastest in the country and second-best in the NCAC thus far.

Marteana Newton, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Marteana Newton took home fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Emory Invitational. The sophomore clocked in at 59.05, which is the fastest time among conference athletes so far this season. 


Hannah Eley, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Hannah Eley posted a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at the Emory Invitational. The sophomore recorded a 43.78-meter heave, the best among conference athletes so far this season.


March 18th

Alexis Gray, Wittenberg
(Washington Court House, OH/Washington Court House)

Wittenberg’s Alexis Gray broke the tape first in the 800-meter run at the Muskie Duals. Gray’s time of 2:24.48 was the fastest among conference athletes so far this season.

Marteana Newton, Wittenberg

Wittenberg sophomore Marteana Newton turned in a meet-winning time of 1:00.68 in the 400-meter dash at the Muskie Duals. The winning time was the best among conference athletes so far this season.


Anna Vrancken, Denison
(Galena, OH/Big Walnut)

In the hammer throw at the Muskie Duals, sophomore Anna Vrancken recorded a new personal best on a throw of 39.89 meters to finish second overall. She also finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 34.37 meters and fifth in the shot put with a 10.22-meter throw. Her hammer throw and discus marks are the best among confernece athletes so far this season.